2 killed, 1 state trooper injured during Luzerne chase

Full story: The Morning Call

A high-speed car chase ended in a fiery head-on crash in which two men died and a state trooper was seriously injured, police said.
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Send Illegals Back Home

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May 21, 2007
 
Hopefully, Brandt will be okay. It's a shame that he's in the hospital for simply doing his job.

As for Reilly and the other guy, it was their decision to flee and lead cops on this chase, so I don't feel bad that they're both gone.
life is short

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May 21, 2007
 
God Bless this trooper. May he recover from this. My prayers are with you Officer.

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May 21, 2007
 
Yeah, unfortunately this was an end they were destined for after such a foolish decision.
just me

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May 21, 2007
 
Hey, "send illegals back"...that's a little harsh. The driver of that vehicle made a really bad decision. When will teens learn that even getting caught for drinking & driving is better than dying in a car crash???
My thoughts are with Officer Brandt and the families of those lost.

Since: May 07

Germansville

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#5
May 21, 2007
 
wow, what a sad story. WHY do people have to be so stupid? If they just would have stopped they may have gotten in some trouble, but certinally would have been alive...GEEZE
Lissy

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May 21, 2007
 
Makes you wonder...is it really worth it to run from the police. Just pull over and pay the consequences of whatever the charges were...now your dead. Darn shame!! Now what would of probably been a ticket or citation turned into two funerals!!
Steve Ferry

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#7
May 21, 2007
 
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased victims as well as the trooper.
Life is just so unpredictable. I wish the trooper a speedy recovery, and condolences to the families of the two young souls who indeed made a very poor decision to run.

Steve Ferry
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Fairport, NY

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May 21, 2007
 
just me wrote:
Hey, "send illegals back"...that's a little harsh. The driver of that vehicle made a really bad decision. When will teens learn that even getting caught for drinking & driving is better than dying in a car crash???
My thoughts are with Officer Brandt and the families of those lost.
Did they mention dui in the article?

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May 21, 2007
 
Steve Ferry wrote:
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased victims as well as the trooper.
Life is just so unpredictable. I wish the trooper a speedy recovery, and condolences to the families of the two young souls who indeed made a very poor decision to run.
Steve Ferry
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Did you live in Catty?
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New York, NY

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May 21, 2007
 
just me wrote:
Hey, "send illegals back"...that's a little harsh. The driver of that vehicle made a really bad decision. When will teens learn that even getting caught for drinking & driving is better than dying in a car crash???
My thoughts are with Officer Brandt and the families of those lost.
Get a clue - there was no mention of drinking...
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May 21, 2007
 
Harsh? I don't think so. Why were they running that they had to put an officer's life in danger? What if the officer had died in that crash? How would you feel then?
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May 22, 2007
 
Send Illegals Back Home wrote:
Hopefully, Brandt will be okay. It's a shame that he's in the hospital for simply doing his job.
As for Reilly and the other guy, it was their decision to flee and lead cops on this chase, so I don't feel bad that they're both gone.
So if I am reading this right. My cousin died because he went thru a accident scene before he was waved thru??? And this was such a criminal act that it had to receive a high speed chase??? I believe one of the officers at the original accident should have caught some lic# and issued a ticket at a later date. This is a tragic end to something so miniscule as skirting around a accident instead of waiting for a wave thru.

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May 22, 2007
 
Johns cousin from mo wrote:
<quoted text> So if I am reading this right. My cousin died because he went thru a accident scene before he was waved thru??? And this was such a criminal act that it had to receive a high speed chase??? I believe one of the officers at the original accident should have caught some lic# and issued a ticket at a later date. This is a tragic end to something so miniscule as skirting around a accident instead of waiting for a wave thru.
Two wrongs don't equal a right. Let's be honest who is really at fault here though. Was it the cops? NO! It was the driver of that car that skirted around an accident. Do you have any reason why they stop traffic at accident scenes? It's to protect that driver, EMS workers and the people that may already be injured in that accident. Now, I don't know why your cousin though he was special and didn't have to stop for the accident. Why wouldn't he stop for the cops that were chasing him? Why did he go into the opposing traffic? Lets place the blame where it deserves to be.
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May 22, 2007
 
Johns cousin from mo wrote:
<quoted text> So if I am reading this right. My cousin died because he went thru a accident scene before he was waved thru??? And this was such a criminal act that it had to receive a high speed chase??? I believe one of the officers at the original accident should have caught some lic# and issued a ticket at a later date. This is a tragic end to something so miniscule as skirting around a accident instead of waiting for a wave thru.
I'm sorry for you loss but this was nobodies fault but the driver of the car that would not pull over for Police. The Police are not paid to stand-by and watch people do dangerous/illegal acts and hope they catch a license plate number. And a plate number is likely useless: The driver has to be seen/identified or they can say someone stole their car - or it can be a stolen car/plate.

“SifuPhil (Sifu Phil Bonifonte)”

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May 24, 2007
 
I'm sorry for your loss too, John's Cousin, and I hope the trooper recovers fully.

I've always thought that the process of getting a driver's license should be totally revamped: up the age to 21 or so, institute tougher testing, perhaps annually: heck, give IQ tests - you'd get rid of a lot of grief that way.

But so many feel they're entitled to do what they want when they want, I doubt it will ever happen.
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Jun 4, 2007
 
annoyedinPA wrote:
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Did you live in Catty?
YES.... Used to live in Catty. I hope I did not "annoy" you.

Since: Apr 07

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Jun 4, 2007
 
Steve Ferry wrote:
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YES.... Used to live in Catty. I hope I did not "annoy" you.
No, I think we know each other. If you are the person I'm thinking of we were pretty good friends.

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Jun 4, 2007
 
Best wishers to the officer.

I for one am not for high speed chases. Not b/c I think the driver who is being pursued should get away but b/c the risk that other drivers & pedestrians are at. Luckily no innocent bystander was killed. This was not a reason for a high speed chase. There are certain situations that I guess leave no other options. However, if the driver refused to pullover then it is no ones fault but his own.
Steve Ferry

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Jun 6, 2007
 
annoyedinPA wrote:
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No, I think we know each other. If you are the person I'm thinking of we were pretty good friends.
Well Annoyed... ya have me guessing... but not sure who you are if you live in Bethlehem.
If you care to enlighten me.. email me at graphicmaster@hotmail.com

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Jun 11, 2007
 
A friend was working in his front yard very early that sunday morning. He lives on rt 29.
He heard a car approaching, and said the speed of the vehicle caught his attention before he saw it. It sounded like it was traveling very, very fast.

It was. The state police car went by his house, at what he estimated to be over a hundred miles an hour.
a few minutes later, he said he heard the sirens from the fire trucks and other emergency vehicles at the crash site.
He did not hear the crash, as the site is about 2 miles from his house.
Moral of the story?
Don't try to outrun the police.
Moral #2:
If you are a police officer reasponding to an incident, drive in control.
Thats what I got out of the story.

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